Avalanche: Hatcher Pass

Location: Marmot- South, Rib 2

Route & General Observations

Descended rib 2/Vice Presidents from the top. signs of instability noted throughout day.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger SkierRemote Trigger Unknown
Avalanche Type Soft SlabAspect Southeast
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown Depth 12inWidth 100ft
Vertical Run 100ft  
Near Miss / Accident Details
Number Caught/Carried? 1Number Partially Buried? 1
Number Fully Buried?0Number Injured?0
Number Fatalities?0  
Avalanche Details

Slab broke above skier. Skier was carried and buried waist deep. Was able to self extract with shovel. Ski came off but was recovered. No injuries.

Events of the day

Group of 4 was skiing on lower president’s before going up to the ridge to traverse over to rib 2. Whoompfing and shooting cracks noted throughout day. Plan was to avoid avalanche terrain. Slope that failed was small and would have been a good test slope. Except skier didn’t recognize it as avalanche terrain until was already committed and slab broke above.

Rescue events

Skier was able to self extract. Ski came off in avalanche but was recovered.

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